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This is where we talk about all things music. Here you’ll find our Music Genre Guides, which come in a variety of sizes, shown just under the blog summary. The 10-minute plus reads dive into the detail. The microblogs — shown as 1-minute reads — give you a brief heads up. And you can search for any genre or title, too.
Contemporary folk Contemporary folk music, or now more commonly just known as folk music, refers to the revival of folk music that occurred in the 20th century when new, more popular forms appeared that had links to traditional folk music. During the genre’s formative years of 1930s-1950s artists such as Woody Guthrie set a precedent for the genre by singing traditional and original songs, as well as displaying firm political views. Guthrie could often be
1 min read, Blog
Country Folk Country folk is a term that arose in the mid-1970s when singers took influence from leading folk artists, namely Bob Dylan, and began to write gentler, lyric-based music that incorporated typical country instruments. Some of the earliest and most influential artists that successfully fused these elements include John Prine, Kate Wolf and John Denver. Prine was immediately effective in combining these influences with his eponymous debut album in 1971, containing songs such as
1 min read, Blog
Psychedelic folk Psychedelic folk music is a branch of folk music that took the established base characteristics of folk and included psychedelic themes into the instrumentation and thematic ideas. The term first appeared in reference to The Holy Modal Rounders’ 1964 version of Hesitation Blues. Around the same time, folk guitarist John Fahey was experimenting with unusual recording techniques, instruments and guitar tunings which can be heard across his 1966 album The Great San Bernardino
1 min read, Blog
Folktronica Folktronica is one of the more recent folk fusion genres, combining traditional folk elements with more modern electronic influences, such as drum machines and synthesisers. One of the earliest landmark works that proved a massive influence on the world of electronic folk music was Ultramarine’s 1991 album Every Man and Woman is a Star. This album set a precedent for a new sound combining traditional folk themes and instruments, with more edm-inspired mechanical dance
1 min read, Blog
Technically folk music encompasses an extremely wide range of music and traditions from around the world, including many of those mentioned in the World Music Guide as those are musical traditions of the people passed down through generations. However, the genre we are going to be focusing on today is probably what comes to mind when you hear the term folk music; contemporary folk music is the popular form that was revived in the 20th
10 min plus read, Blog
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